Cabinet: Nuclear power procurement delayed

South Africa has earmarked nuclear expansion as a key part of increasing its power generation.

Energy MinisterTina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The energy minister has announced that South Africa will delay tendering for new nuclear power stations after requests for consultation and discussion made it impossible to start the process by the end of September as initially planned.

South Africa has earmarked nuclear expansion as a key part of increasing its power generation but the price tag of up to R1 trillion has raised concerns over whether the plan is affordable.

Shortly after the announcement, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson said she remained "fully committed" to plans for nuclear procurement.

At a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria earlier today, minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe touched on the controversial topic.

"I am aware that there has been a court action, I also think that is a factor that will also be taken into consideration - the nature of the court challenge and whether it will have an impact on the RFP or not. So those are the type of consultations that are going to be undertaken."

Additional reporting by Reuters